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19 Feb 2021

First Woman To Be Hanged In Serial Murder In UP Files Mercy Petition

Shabnam, death row convict in Amroha murder case has filed a fresh mercy petition before UP Governor Anandiben Patel. 

She had been convicted of killing seven members of her family after sedating them in April 2008.

The Mathura district jail in western Uttar Pradesh is preparing for the possibility that Shabnam, a woman convicted of murdering her family in 2008, maybe ordered to be hanged soon.

A senior jail official Akhilesh Kumar said. If the death sentence is carried out as expected by jail officials, Shabnam could be the first woman convict to be hanged after Independence.

Shabnam and her lover Salim were sentenced to death for sedating seven members of her family and slitting their throat on the night of 14 April 2008. Among the dead was a 10-month-old child. He was strangled.

Shabnam’s family were against her relationship with Salim due to the difference in their social and economic status. Shabnam was a school teacher, Salim a class 6 dropout.

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